The Ohio State University at Newark

Jim Wirth

I investigate group processes, especially those associated with being ostracized (excluded and ignored). I study the extent of ostracism’s impact on social pain, basic human needs, mood, and aggression. As part of this research, I examine whether individual differences and situational factors can moderate ostracism’s immediate and delayed effects. I also investigate why individuals ostracize others. Using a variety of manipulations, I found that the likelihood an individual will be ostracized increases as the individual is perceived as more burdensome to the group. The burdensome group member is the group member most likely to be kicked out of the group. Across this research, I incorporate intergroup relations, personality, non-verbal communication, and novel, group-based research paradigms.


Ph.D. from Purdue University (2010)

Master's degree from Purdue University (2007)

Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University (2003)